Album of the Week – Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight

One of their most under-rated albums from their catalogue.

This for me is a little bit of a tribute to Chester and to Linkin Park. This website was made after the shocking news of the passing of Chester Bennington and I, personally, have been looking for a reason to write about it, although so much has been said, it’s still fresh in minds and memories, especially after the video of Linkin Park doing Carpool Karaoke 6 days before his death.

Just a quick point on the case of Mental Health, don’t be afraid to reach out, don’t be afraid to admit there is a problem. It’s okay to not be okay.


Minutes to Midnight came four years after the stormer of an album Meteora. It was Linkin Park’s first steps into moving in a different musical direction and if you go through the album start to finish, it feels like it goes from one song sounding like the usual Linkin Park we all love, to a new Linkin Park which it gradually introduces you to.

It’s the perfect way to gradually go on to something new, many bands just release a new album, go out to say they wanted to try something new and the whole album from start to finish is completely different to their previous. It’s always a bold move that should be respected but for some fans it makes it harder to follow. For Linkin Park however, this album felt like the perfect combination of new and old.

Tracks like Bleed It Out, No More Sorrow and of course What I’ve Done feel like the Linkin Park we all know and love, these are songs that would fit on to Meteora and no one would bat an eye. Amongst these though you have tracks like Shadow of the Day, Hands Held High and Valentine’s Day; songs that explores a different side to LP, a more sensitive and subtle side to the band. Comparing these songs to tracks from Hybrid Theory feel like you are listening to two different bands, both good, both different.

Minutes to Midnight feels like it almost slipped under the radar, What I’ve Done was huge on it’s release, especially as it was part of the Transformers soundtrack which was the big summer release of that year, but the rest of the album feels like it went by almost unappreciated. Admittedly, it had tough acts to follow from Hybrid Theory and Meteora but you get a sense of the evolution of the band that should be respected.

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